Breathwork Basics: The First Step to Regulating Your Nervous System


Imagine having a tool that could calm your mind, regulate your emotions, and restore your body — all within a few minutes and available at any moment. This isn’t a fantasy; it’s the reality of breathwork. In this blog, we dive into the basics of breathwork and how this ancient practice can be the first step in regulating your nervous system and unlocking a more serene and balanced life.

Understanding Breathwork:

Breathwork refers to various breathing techniques and exercises that influence a person’s mental, emotional, and physical state. It’s rooted in ancient traditions but backed by modern science, which reveals its power to affect the autonomic nervous system—the part of your system that controls involuntary actions like heartbeat and digestion.

The Science Behind Breathwork:

When stress kicks in, our body shifts into ‘fight or flight’ mode, leading to the symptoms we associate with anxiety or stress. Breathwork can guide the body to rest, activating the parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for relaxation and healing.

Exploring the Metaphysical Journey: The Deeper Impact of Breathwork

While science provides a solid foundation for the benefits of breathwork, there’s a profound, less tangible realm where its true power unfolds. This is the metaphysical aspect, where personal experience transcends physical evidence, revealing the transformative potential of breathwork on our emotional and spiritual well-being. By combining pure intentions with breathwork, magic truly happens.

Breathwork is like a key unlocking hidden doors within our psyche. It dives deep into the layers of our subconscious, unearthing buried emotional blocks and the roots of physical ailments. By moving stagnant energy and releasing suppressed emotions, breathwork allows for a profound release, paving the way for healing and alignment beyond the physical.

Trauma and the Nervous System: Finding Your Inner Compass

One of the most significant revelations of modern psychology is that trauma resides not just in the mind but also in the body — specifically, in the nervous system. When we’re caught in the fight-or-flight response, our body is on high alert, diverting all energy to perceived threats. This state leaves little room for the calm, reflective processes needed to listen to our inner GPS. Instead, we look outward for solutions, often leading to decisions that don’t align with our deepest needs and desires. This misalignment is a form of self-betrayal that amplifies stress and disconnection—ultimately building a chronic state of stress.

Breathwork: The Path to Inner Wisdom and Healing

Breathwork offers a powerful antidote to this cycle. By regulating our breathing, we can shift our body out of the fight-or-flight response and into a state of rest and digest, the realm of the parasympathetic nervous system. This transition is more than just relaxation; it’s a gateway to deeper introspection and connection with our inner selves. In this state of calm and clarity, it’s here that we can hear our inner voice, our faithful guide towards what we genuinely need and desire.

Moreover, breathwork is not just about calming the storm but also about navigating through it. It’s about reaching into the depths of our subconscious, touching the roots of our traumas, and gently coaxing them into the light for healing and resolution. This process allows us to break free from old patterns and responses that no longer serve us, creating space for new possibilities and perspectives.

Unlocking Your Innate Gifts

Beyond healing, breathwork opens the door to our innate gifts and potential. We each carry unique talents and insights, often buried under stress, trauma, and societal conditioning. By engaging in regular breathwork, we peel back these layers, revealing the core of our being and the gifts we have to offer to the world.

This revelation is the true magic of breathwork: It heals and transforms. It shifts us from survival mode with access into the serenity state, also known as the ventral vagal state of growth and expansion, where our actions stem from love, wisdom, and authenticity rather than fear and scarcity.

Three Key Steps to Letting GO

Starting with the Basics:

  1. Focused Breathing: This involves sitting quietly and observing your natural breathing pattern. This awareness can be the first step in recognizing how your breath links to your emotions.
  2. Deep Breathing: Also known as diaphragmatic breathing, this technique involves deep, slow breaths from the diaphragm, allowing maximum oxygen intake and promoting a state of calm.
  3. Counted Breath: Inhale slowly for a count of four, hold for a count of four, exhale for a count of four, and then wait for another four before repeating the cycle. This helps regulate breathing and focuses the mind.

Practical Tips for Incorporating Breathwork into Your Life:

  • Start Your Day: Begin each morning with a five-minute breathwork session to set a positive tone for the day.
  • Take Breathing Breaks: Implement short breathing exercises throughout your day to reset and recharge, especially during high stress.
  • End Your Day: Conclude your day with a breathwork routine to promote restful sleep and relaxation.

The Benefits of Regular Breathwork:

Practicing breathwork can lead to numerous benefits, including reduced stress and anxiety, improved concentration and energy levels, better sleep quality, and overall well-being.

Building a Breathwork Routine:

Consistency is key. Dedicate a specific time and space for your breathwork practice. Even a few minutes daily can significantly affect your mental and emotional health.

Breathwork is more than just a set of techniques; it’s a pathway to deeper self-awareness and improved health. By taking the action steps to include a breath practice, you take the first step towards regulating your nervous system and embracing a calmer, more centered version of yourself with the ability to access the magic of the serenity state, where anything is possible.

Embark on your breathwork journey today. Start with just five minutes dedicated to one of the basic techniques and observe the changes within yourself. Share your experiences or questions in the comments below, and let’s breathe our way to a more balanced life together.

Lisa xo

ps. Are you interested in a gift to support you? Enjoy this meditation to assist in grounding your nervous system through breathwork.